These are great ideas. I'm taking notes. And I totally agree about the Denise's...or any interchangeable set. Trying new things is much less daunting when you don't have to go to the store everytime you want to try something new. Sometimes that moment of courage is fleeting... :roflhard:
And if you are planning on breaking the bank right now, PartyDiva, certainly feel free to do so :roflhard:, but I accidentally bought a Susan Bates "Learn to Knit" Kit that came with a book, some needles, and a lot of notions when I first started knitting - like the first week . I bought it for the book, so I could use it as a visual reference for things I forgot from the class I took. I've gone out and purchased a lot of little additonal things, of course, and I've bought a downpayment on a house in yarn, but I've found at as I've learned to do more as a knitter, and required a specific "thing" to do it, whatever I needed ended up being in that kit I bought the first week I learned.
I didn't even know what some of the stuff was at first, but I played around trying to make a swatch with color using intarsia, and I already had the bobbins I needed to do it. I considered a cable pattern, andchecked my kit - and there's cable needles in there if I decide to try one night at 3AM. :roflhard:
It's coming in quite handy. Consider getting one, and buying more as you need it. That way when you buy because you NEED it for a project you're going to actually undertake, you can try what you have and then go out and get what you really want, if you still want to do that.
I have a gauge ruler and needle sizer in one that I use ALLLL the time from that kit now...